Maryanne Jacobsen

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Although Maryanne Jacobsen has described her work as “a gallery of forgotten dreams”, her body of original paintings is hardly forgettable. Indeed, her vibrantly-colored oils have been described by collectors and fellow artists as lyrical, inspired and ‘dramatic art for passionate people’, since color is the motivating theme behind each piece of art she creates.

Although Maryanne took a circuitous route to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a visual artist, she is a late bloomer that seldom disappoints. Repeat collectors are always enchanted with her deliberate impasto and unabashed use of color, and new paintings are quickly acquired. Maryanne began her oil painting journey in February of 2006, and since then hardly a day passes by that has not found her with palette knife in hand, and

Although Maryanne Jacobsen has describes her work as “a gallery of forgotten dreams”, her body of original paintings is hardly forgettable. Indeed, her vibrantly-colored oils have been described by collectors and fellow artists as ‘lyrical, inspired and dramatic art for passionate people’, since color is the motivating theme behind each piece of art she creates.

Although Maryanne took a circuitous route to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a visual artist, she is a late bloomer that seldom disappoints. Repeat collectors are always enchanted with her deliberate impasto and unabashed use of color, and new paintings are quickly acquired. Maryanne began her oil painting journey in February of 2006, and since then hardly a day passes by that has not found her with palette knife in hand, and face streaked with cadmium colors. Ironically, this new form of grease paint replaces a successful career in the performing arts, which Jacobsen also achieved through a road less traveled.

Maryanne is the former regional director of The Rock School West, an official school of The Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as the founding director of West Chester Dance Theatre. Her work is being enthusiastically collected throughout the United States and abroad, and in the short amount of time that she has been exhibiting her works, she has been accepted into dozens of juried shows, collected numerous awards along the way, and has exhibited her work in prestigious invitationals through the country, as well as government buildings and commercial establishments throughout the Southwest Florida area, where she now resides with her husband, Ken. Maryanne is a colorist and contemporary impressionist. Although primarily self-taught, she has taken workshops with David Leffel, Julie Hanson, Rob Liberace, John Ebersberger, Hodges Soileau, Kim English and Clayton Beck.

Over the past few years Maryanne has been juried into many national shows including the American Impressionist Society, Paint America, Women Painters of the Southeast and American Women Artists. She has won many awards, including First Place and Best of Show and paints en plein air as often as possible. She is collected both nationally and abroad and recent collectors of note include American author Ed Meek, British author Deborah Lawrenson and The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida.

“Once upon a time I danced. As the Artistic Director of a very successful regional ballet company, I once directed dozens of dancers through scores of musical steps and lovely choreographed ballet performances. Today, I perform a very different kind of adagio as I direct dozens of tubes of paint and brushes and a jar of mucky turpentine through the steps required to create that very special painting that will hopefully touch someone in a special way.”